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Fire Chief: Michael (Mike) R. Duyck, EFO, CFO, MIFireE
Mike Duyck is the Fire Chief/Chief Executive Officer of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R), Oregon’s largest fire district, with a service area covering 11 cities and portions of four counties, in more than 390 square miles. He is responsible for a progressive, combination agency comprised of over 542 career firefighters and support staff, and about 87 support volunteers, who provide fire, emergency medical, and specialty rescue services to approximately 500,000 citizens.
Chief Duyck has over 30 years experience in the fire service, starting his firefighting career at Washington County (OR) Fire District #2, and later joining the City of Lake Oswego (OR) Fire Department in 1988. He joined TVF&R in 1995 and became Fire Chief in September 2010. He has served in all ranks of emergency services as well as fleet services, human resources, logistics, emergency management, and government affairs.
Chief Duyck has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Fire Science. He holds numerous certifications in emergency operations and is an Oregon-certified Paramedic. He completed the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, is designated as a Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
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In addition to being the Past President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, he serves as its representative on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors in the role of International Director – Western Division. In April 2017, Chief Duyck was elected Treasurer of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro) that brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues effecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. Its members belong to the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association and are the fire chiefs of jurisdictions with minimum staffing of 350 professional career firefighters. Chief Duyck will help shape national policies that will benefit local communities and responders. He serves as Vice Chair of Oregon’s State Interoperability Executive Council, and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Executive Committee for SAFECOM. Chief Duyck is also involved in local, state, and national initiatives addressing emergency communications dispatch, interoperability, mobile healthcare, fire service innovation and technology, intergovernmental affairs, government efficiency and economic development.
In his personal time, Chief Duyck and his wife Ann enjoy watching their daughter’s basketball and softball team, and spending time on their small family farm.
TVF&R has a long-standing history of being a data-driven organization. Under Chief Duyck’s leadership, it was one of the first fire agencies in the nation to implement an alternative response unit – a response car staffed with a single paramedic deployed on low-acuity calls. Additionally, in 2011, TVF&R kicked off its data-driven community risk reduction initiative, in which crews at all 25 career fire stations analyze specific risks in their community and implement targeted solutions to help minimize life and property loss. In 2012, TVF&R implemented Oregon’s first PulsePoint mobile app as a means to dispatch CPR-trained citizen rescuers to the scene of public cardiac arrests occurring in their immediate vicinity. The app is anticipated to help increase TVF&R’s cardiac survival rate, which has ranged between 11-23 percent for the past several years. In 2017, TVF&R and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1660 teamed up with the PulsePoint Foundation and Philips Healthcare to launch a new Verified Responder Pilot Program. The program unlocks a new feature to activate our off-duty, professional firefighters to respond to nearby cardiac arrest calls in both public and private settings. Every participating firefighter is equipped with an automated external defibrillator so that if they respond, they can employ the same technology used by our on-duty crews to restart a heart that has stopped beating. The program will gather important data and combine it with existing technology and clinical insights to inform future lifesaving strategies and products. TVF&R is the first agency to use this new PulsePoint feature.